Town of Richmond Hill Wins Award of Excellence
Town First in Canada to Implement GIS Portal Toolkit
In 2006 the Town of Richmond Hill’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) services team was honoured with an Award of Excellence for their RHgeoPortal project, which was presented in front of over 400 fellow GIS professionals.
RHgeoPortal provides staff with quicker search capabilities and access to land-related information through the Town’s Intranet. This toolkit helps to provide staff with data to support their day-to-day operations such as planning and development, and engineering and public works services (e.g. land use studies, environmental assessments, hydrogeological reports, infill studies, etc.). Currently, RHgeoPortal is not directly available for public use, but it is planned to become an integrated function on the Town’s Website where all can benefit.
The Award was presented by the Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) Canada, a Canadian owned company specializing in GIS solutions, at their Regional User Conference in Toronto. Alex Miller, President of ESRI Canada, presented the Award in recognition of the Town’s initiative to implement a GIS Portal at the municipal level.
GIS technology allows the Town to perform a number of geographical uses including mapping, access management, and analysis of land-related information which comprises 85 per cent of the Town’s data. The Town has won several technology awards, including the Web GIS Gold Award for RHexplorer, the Town’s interactive mapping service, given in 2004 by the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association of Ontario.
Town Wins 2005 David W. Pretty Cup Award
The Town of Richmond Hill was the winner of the 2005 David W. Pretty Cup, presented annually by the Lifesaving Society to the municipality with the largest lifesaving program in a community with a population between 100,000 and 250,000. The Lifesaving Society is a charitable organization that works to prevent drowning and water-related injury through training programs, Water Smart public education and aquatic safety management services. Points are awarded to those affiliates who use the Society’s training programs, with point values reflecting the degree of difficulty and time required for training. The Town finished first with 36,846 points.
Town Receives Spirit Award
The Town of Richmond Hill was presented with the Spirit
award from the United Way of York Region for their impressive 2005 fundraising campaign. Presented to the top corporate and employee campaigns, the Town won the award in the category of Municipalities with More Than 300 Employees.
Staff raised more than $43,000 in the campaign, exceeding their goal of $40,000. To raise these funds, an inter-departmental team organized a number of events, draws and a payroll deduction program for staff participation. Richmond Hill has been an active supporter of the United Way of York Region for a number of years, as it funds approximately 120 vital programs and services through 35 social service agencies.